No. 1s left for GCC

GLENDALE — Once more into the final day goes Glendale Community College's Alex Sarkissian.

The Vaqueros sophomore and top seed made short work of a pair of singles foes before teaming with partner Trevor Campbell to advance through two rounds of doubles play, as well, in the 2011 California Community College Athletic Assn. Southern California Regional Championships on Friday in Palm Desert.

"It's another day that we get singles and doubles to the semis," said Vaqueros men's Coach Bob MacKay. "We're here to the last day. When that happens you have gotta be happy with the day."

As the Vaqueros' men's stable won four of its five sets at the J.W. Marriott-Desert Springs Country Club in Palm Desert, with an imposing draw, fate wasn't as kind to the GCC women's contingent on Friday at Grossmont College.

Samantha Sismundo was defeated in singles in the round of 16 and was dealt the same fate when she teamed up with Sevana Zargarian in doubles.

"We went as far as we could," GCC women's Coach Bob Donaghy said. "We won't be going to [state]. It's kind of upsetting, but we didn't leave anything on the table. We played well."

With round-of-16 wins, Sarkissian and the team of Sarkissian and Campbell ensured themselves spots in next week's state tournament while furthering their ascent to today's semifinal rounds and hopeful championship rounds.

"The important thing is we're on our way to Fresno Thursday morning," MacKay said of advancing to state.

Sarkissian opened his day with a 6-3, 6-2 win over David Engelberg of L.A. Pierce, an opponent Sarkissian said he defeated, 6-0, 6-0, previously.

"He played pretty good," Sarkissian said. "He tried to attack a little more."

Sarkissian then came away with an impressive 6-1, 6-0 sweep of Ventura's Paolo Fernandes.

"It was a great win," MacKay said. "Fernandes is playing great tennis lately. It was a very impressive win."

Campbell faltered in his bid to upset second-seeded Derek Siddiqui of Cerritos, losing 6-0, 6-2, but was able to bounce back in doubles, as him and Sarkissian teamed up for a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Matt Mims and Kaplan Kaster. They were then ushered into today's semifinals via a default win over Ventura's Dylan Cleary and Sasha Hedberg when Hedberg began cramping up in the 100-degree heat after a round-of-16 win.

"A win's a win," Sarkissian said. "It's good to pull it out with a default, especially when you play four matches the next day."

Should Sarkissian advance to the finals in both singles and doubles today, he would indeed play four matches and would repeat the success of the previous week's Ojai Tournament, in which he won the community college singles tournament and doubles tournament with Campbell.

Sarkissian is set to face Sergio Chip of College of the Desert in the semifinals today at 9:30 a.m. with the finals following at 11 should he advance.

Sarkissian and Campbell, also the top seed in doubles, will then face Chip and Rodrigo Schaefer at 1 p.m. in the doubles semifinals.

"That'll be a tough match," MacKay said.

Sismundo got a tough match out of the gates when she faced No. 2 seed Jazmin Ortiz of Grossmont and lost, 6-1, 6-3. Sismundo and Zargarian then lost to third-seeded Tina Vuong and Natali Loria of Irvine Valley, 6-0, 6-3 to wrap up the GCC women's tennis season.

"You're dealing with the top 16 doubles teams and a top-16 singles player," Donaghy said. "The air's pretty thin up there."

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